Barbara Schubert leads the DuPage Symphony Orchestra in an exciting interpretation of Gustav Mahler's "Resurrection" symphony. This concert was performed at Edman Memorial Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
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Reviewer:B. Stockwell -
July 7, 2009 Subject:
Time to Retire the Subtitle
It's a wonderful performance but I'm just writing to complain and grumble about the "Resurrection" subtitle that seems permanently bolted to this work. Mahler NEVER used used the word as a subtitle. The title "Resurrection", while popular with listeners, certainly doesn't appear on the score and musicologists and reference books are loathe to use it. It's a nifty handle, easy to remember, and looks great in publicity msterials but it's not official in ANY way. For that matter, Mahler never called his Symphony Nr.6 "The Tragic," his Symphony Nr.7 "The Song of the Night," and he was embarrassed by the "Symphony of a Thousand" label stuck by a promoter onto his Symphony Nr.8. Mahler labeled only one of his symphonies, Symphony Nr.1, and dropped the title immediately. The "Titan" subtitle only applies to 1893 and 1894 performances of the work; previous performances called it a "Symphonic Poem in Two Parts." After 1894, Mahler dropped a movement from the work, made substantial changes to the work, and dumped the subtitle. Unless you've dug out the original 1890s orchestrations and reinserted the discarded movement, you aren't performing Mahler's "Titan." Sorry for the rant, but it's been bugging me for many years. Now, I can get on with my life!
February 17, 2007 Subject:
Well done, Barbara!
For someone who has spent about thirty years listening to Mahler's Resurrection in the recordings of Klemperer, Walter, Bernstein, Solti and Ozawa, it is no mean feat to listen with pleasure to its performance by a totally unknown orchestra and conductor! Sure, there are some passages(especially in the tremendously demanding first movement, and mainly at the very end) where the conductor seems to have lost her grip, but it is a beautiful performance throughout.And there are a few glitches in the brass, mainly in the fifth movement, but they are easily forgotten.After all, this is neither the Chicago Symphony, nor the Berlin Philharmonic!Furthermore, considering that this recording is offered for free on the net, one needs to be really thankful to the performers and to the "archive" website.We have a saying in Lebanon that goes something like this:"Question: what is sweeter than honey? Answer: Vinegar for free!" And here, the product offered for free is much closer to honey than it is to vinegar!So: well done, Barbara!But could you please tell us, Eric,the names of the soloists and the choir?